Bellabeat is a wearable technology company that designs and produces smart jewelry targeted mainly at female consumers. The company’s product offerings include smart products such as necklaces, watches, and even a water bottle. Bellabeat is best known for its Leaf series products – the original Leaf, Leaf Urban, and Leaf Chakra. Like other smart jewelry companies, such as invisaWear and Totwoo, Bellabeat aims to bring the looks of jewelry to wearable tech. In addition to pursuing a more feminine design in an industry dominated by sporty and masculine wearable, the brand also takes on a holistic approach in helping its users to stay healthy. In addition to being a fitness tracker, the device analyzes your activities and make holistic recommendations to help you stay fit and manage your stress level.
In this article, we’ll take a quick look at the founding of the brand and the range of products Bellabeat offers to the consumers.
This article is part of our smart jewelry brand series.
Founding of Bellabeat
Bellabeat was founded in 2013 by Slovenian artist Urška Sršen and Croatian mathematician Sandro Mur. The founders first met when Urška was working as a windsurfing instructor in Croatia. The duo shared the same passion for sports and travel. They went on to collaborate on various projects. In their collaborations, Urška handled the design and Sandro took care of coding. Later the pair went on to found Babywatch – a maternal monitor technology before pivoting to Bellabeat.
Urška Sršen was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 1989. She studied Sculpting in the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. When she was in the academy, she discovered her favorite material to work with – wood. In Steve Job’s famous commencement speech, he said that you can only connect the dots backward. This is certainly true in Urška’s case, as wood would later become a core theme of Bellabeat Leaf’s design. After meeting Sandro Mur as a windsurfing instructor, the two started to collaborate on various projects.
Sandro Mur is a serial entrepreneur. He was a mathematician from Croatia. Prior to co-founding Babywatch and Bellabeat, Sandro founded INU – a healthcare startup that provides real-time patient monitoring technology. When the Babywatch project started to gather steam, INU provided part of initial startup capital for the project to grow.
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In 2012, Sandro and Urška founded Babywatch Inc. Babywatch was a maternity tech that allowed you to listen to an unborn baby’s heartbeat and visualize it in the app. The records are a little fuzzy during this period of time. But in 2013, the team made quite a few breakthroughs. First, they won a local competition — the SHIFT conference — in May 2013 which came with a $10, 000 prize from Splitsa Banka. Then in September 2013, they launched their Babywatch product for expecting moms in Europe. A month after the launch in late October 2013, the team won the Pioneers Festival Challenge – an entrepreneurship event in Vienna, Austria. The challenge provided a further 35,000 Euro to the team’s capital. The team’s momentum continued as they got accepted into Y Combinator – a startup accelerator based in Mountain View, California. The program ran from Jan to March 2014. During this time, Babywatch changed its name to Bellabeat. My speculation is that there could have been some copyright or trademark issues with the name Babywatch in the US. In February 2014, Babywatch launched in the US market as Bellabeat.
As the Bellabeat portable ultrasound (Doppler) system launched in the US in early 2014, the founders were hatching a plan. The plan was to diversify their products and perhaps pivot their company if an opportunity presents itself. In October 2014, Bellabeat announced several new products: Shell – a wireless upgrade to their portable ultrasound system, a smart scale with no display, and Leaf – a piece of smart jewelry. After rounds of funding and development efforts, the team released the famous Leaf in May 2015 under the Bellabeat brand.
The Leaf was massively popular. The company went with the flow and repositioned itself as a smart jewelry company. In startup-speak, Bellabeat had pivoted to smart jewelry from its original maternal tech focus. Since then Bellabeat has released several new wearable devices such as Leaf Urban and Leaf Chakra and a smartwatch.
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Bellabeat Smart Jewelry
Now let’s take a look at what smart products Bellabeat has to offer.
Leaf is Bellabeat’s flagship product line. It consists of a series of smart jewelry. Leaf wearable share an interesting design theme. Namely, a leaf-shape metal that curves and wraps around a smart core that is designed to look like wood or stone. A Bellabeat Leaf can be worn as a necklace, bracelet, or even a brooch.
The product line’s first device was Leaf Nature (sometimes referred to as just Leaf) which the company released in 2015. Currently, there are three variants in the Leaf line: Leaf Urban, Leaf Chakra, and Leaf Crystal. In terms of tech features, they are identical and you can refer to the list found at the bottom of this section for the feature set. Their differences lie in their designs and the materials. The OG Leaf Nature used actual wood and the metal leaf looks closer to a real leaf. The subsequent Leaf products switched to wood composite. The metal leaf also turned slightly more abstract. In the case of Leaf Chakra, only the silhouette of a leaf remains.
Leaf Urban vs Leaf Chakra. Leaf Urban’s core housing is designed to look like wood. Leaf Chakra’s housing is designed to look like stone. Leaf Urban has a metal leaf on it. Leaf Chakra got rid of most of the metal leaf and replace it with Rose Quartz and Onyx crystals. However, the silhouette of a leaf can still be observed. The crystals are said to carry some spiritual benefits.
Leaf Crystal is a luxurious offering from Bellabeat. It was created with Swarovski crystals and costs a lot more. Admittedly the design does make it look more exquisite.
Bellabeat Leaf Feature List
- Activity tracking
- Steps tracking
- Record distance traveled
- Sleep pattern tracking
- Stress management and tips
- Guided meditation
- Menstrual cycle tracking
- Wireless sync
- No charging
- No display
- Smart alarm
Bellabeat Time is a collection of smartwatches. To be exact, these are hybrid smartwatches — the kind that doesn’t have any screen on them. Think of it as a Bellabeat Leaf that looks like a wristwatch. The features are almost identical except that it also tells time. Bellabeat Time tracks steps, calories, distance traveled, sleep patterns, and menstrual cycle. Like the Leaf, these watches also take a holistic approach to motivating you to live a healthier, stress-free life.
Minimalist, discreet, elegant – these are some of the words that come to my mind when I look at Bellabeat Time. These watches are made of hypoallergenic stainless steel and are available in rose gold and silver. Its mesh strap is designed to match the color of the bezel. There is no customization option for the strap but you can buy a different strap from Bellabeat accessories store and swap it yourself. The watch dial is white no matter which options you go for. Overall the design is OK but unfortunately a little boring. By the way, check out this article if you’re thinking of wearing a watch to a job interview.
Bellabeat Spring is a smart water bottle that helps you to stay optimally hydrated. It does that by tracking the amount of water you drink. Based on your lifestyle, the companion app will send out a notification whenever you’re becoming dehydrated. The water bottle operates on battery and can operator for around 6 months before needing new batteries. It has memory built-in and can store up to 14 days. To sync with your phone, simply shake the bottle. The Spring a is BPA-free water bottle — that means you can drink without worrying about ingesting toxins from the bottle. The exterior offers superior grip and comfort due to its design and material used. Last but not least, the bottle is dishwasher safe.
Is Bellabeat Leaf Waterproof?
Bellabeat Leaf (the first version) is safe against water splashes but it is not water-resistant. So no, it is waterproof. Do not wear it to swimming or any other activities that will get it submerged in water.
The succeeding Bellabeat Leaf Urban and Leaf Chakra are water-resistant and have a rating of IPX6. That means you can wear it in the shower and it is safe against rain and other wet environments. But you still shouldn’t wear it to swimming, the device will get damaged if it gets in the water.
Brand & Company Discussions
Is Bellabeat an American company?
According to Bellabeat’s Wikipedia page, the company’s headquarter is in San Francisco. It also has offices around the world such as in London, Hong Kong, and Zagreb. The company appears to run most of its operations in Zagreb, Croatia. So with that taken into consideration, it’s reasonable to call it a Croatian-American company.
This article was originally published on Urban Men Outfits — a website dedicated to men’s fashion tips, grooming ideas, gadgets, and other fun topics.
- Founding of Bellabeat
- Bellabeat Founders
- Babywatch (2012-2013)
- Bellabeat Smart Jewelry
- Bellabeat Leaf
- Bellabeat Time
- Bellabeat Spring
- Product Discussions
- Brand & Company Discussions
- Bellabeat Videos
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How to wear your watch correctly
As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.
It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.
But how do you know which way is the right way?
Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.
In today’s article, I’ll be covering:
- Origins Of The Wrist Watch
- What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
- Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
- The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch
#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch
When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.
Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.
At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.
Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.
Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.
After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.
#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.
The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.
But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.
So how do you know for sure?
The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.
Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.
So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.
#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?
This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.
You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.
Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.
But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?
The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.
Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.
#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch
Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.
Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.
As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.
After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.
You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.
Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.
After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.
There you have it, gents.
Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.
There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.
If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.
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Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 10:19:42 +0000
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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)
We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.
So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!
Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.
We’ll be covering:
- What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
- How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
- Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
- What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?
#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.
While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.
A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.
This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.
But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?
#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.
For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.
This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.
Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.
Keep It Simple
Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.
You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.
With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.
For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:
- A dark three-piece suit
- A light-colored tweed blazer
- A leather bomber or biker jacket
- An overcoat (dark or light)
- A formal button-up shirt (white)
- 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
- 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
- 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
- 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
- 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
- 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
- 1 pair of black dress shoes
- 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
- 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
- 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)
When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.
#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.
Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.
While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.
When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.
Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.
The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.
These big ticket items include:
- Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
- Overcoats and jackets
- Dress shoes and sneakers
These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.
#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?
You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.
Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.
For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.
When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.
Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.
The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.
When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.
Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.
A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.
Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.
A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.
For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.
Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.
So how do you find the perfect sweater?
You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.
Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.
Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.
That’s it, gents.
To learn more about how versatile this concept of capsule wardrobes can be, check out how I turned 16 pieces of clothing into 256 outfits.
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Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 23:59:00 +0000
The Best Zara Fragrances
We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.
Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of
£100 for 50ml.
Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.
Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99
This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.
For Him 100ml – £22.99
My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.
Florence 100ml – £16.24
Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.
Written by Tom Loughran
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Published Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2022 09:57:00 +0000
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